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SNES Console Geek Tyrant

Happy 23rd Birthday, Super Nintendo!

The hype was unreal. The tension was palpable. The gaming press couldn’t print information, rumor, speculation, and screenshots fast enough. As the August 23rd release date approached in 1991, the question on every gamer’s mind was simple: “Could Nintendo do it?” After giving Sega a two-year head start with the Genesis, after suffering the slings and arrows of mockery courtesy of Sega’s ad department chronicled in Blake J. Harris’s Console Wars (must-read material for any retro gamer serious about her 16-bit history), how could Nintendo possibly compete in the 16-bit market? The answer: start with software focused on everything Ninten-could-do that Genesis, like M.C. Hammer, was unable to touch.

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From Cartoon to Game #1: Jem and the Holograms

The premise is simple here, folks. We are going to look at a series of cartoons from the 80′s that deserve a game today. The first cartoon on our list is Jem and the Holograms which debuted in 1985. Jem and the Holograms benefitted from the success of both G.I. Joe and Transformers (many staff are shared across all three cartoons) and went on to a decent run in its own right. Unfortunately, a game never appeared for the girls, even when it could have been so easy to do so.

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Game Hack- Ghostbusters Not Only Back in Theaters but also Receive Color Fix on Sega Genesis

Since Ghostbusters is being re-released in theaters to celebrate its 30th anniversary, we figured it would be a good time to mention this color hack for their Sega Genesis game. The original suits in the 16-Bit game were not quite “true” to the movie props and now a fan has taken it upon themselves to correct that problem.

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Fan Translation/Bandit Gaming- Crime Patrol 2 Drug Wars for PSOne Translated to English, Updated

This is a first for us here at Retro Gaming Magazine- our first combo Fan Translation/Bandit Gaming article. For those of you keeping track, Crime Patrol 2 only officially hit the 3DO and the CD-i platforms as far as retro consoles (Digital Leisure made it available for the average DVD player about 12 years ago though). Thanks to fans, Crime Patrol 2: Drug Wars is now available for the original Playstation, in English, with some updates. This port was originally handled by Russian hackers in case anyone is wondering.

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Game Hack: Super Mario Bros 3 with Giana Sisters Levels, Yeah, Someone Took the Rivalry There

For the readers reading this that do not know what the Giana Sisters was about, it was basically a Super Mario Bros clone for computers. The Great Giana Sisters as it was officially titled (fans shortened it to simply Giana Sisters) was an almost lawsuit perfect copy of Super Mario Bros, which launched shortly before the female siblings’ game. While Nintendo never officially sued the developers of The Great Giana Sisters, it was rumored, and many will argue till they are blue in the face that it happened and if they could only put the right search terms into Google, they would show you proof. Some enterprising fans have taken it upon themselves to take the levels from the Giana Sisters and implanted them into Super Mario Bros 3.

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Competition- SpeccyJam is Coming, Sign Up Now and Rock the Retro

The ZX Spectrum is a computer that was not widely available here in North America but over in Europe this thing rocked, and in some circles still does. We were recently contacted by the SpeccyJam people about covering the event, it won’t start till August 29th so you still have time to sign up. We will be doing our best to cover the event and the games that come from SpeccyJam here. For now, read the rules, sign up on their site and flex your retro programming muscles.

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Game Hack- Perfect Dark Takes Over Rolling Thunder on the Nintendo Entertainment System

Perfect Dark was an instrumental release on the Nintendo 64, it was the spiritual successor to Golden Eye 64 and gave gamers another game to flaunt in the face of Sega Saturn and Sony Playstation owners (neener neener). This little fact has not stopped hackers from taking it upon themselves to “port” Perfect Dark to the Nintendo Entertainment System.

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New Game: Five Nights At Freddy’s Shows Full Motion Video is Not Dead

First, you may be wondering why we are covering Five Nights at Freddy’s here on Retro Gaming Magazine. It is simple, Full Motion Video (FMV) games go way back in gaming, to the 80′s actually. Titles like Night Trap (reboot currently looking for funding on Kickstarter) and Sewer Shark were the norm back in the day. Then there were more advanced titles like Prize Fighter and Ground Zero Texas that pushed the genre forward but not enough to save it. Five Nights at Freddy’s is similar to another FMV game that retro gamers may be familiar with- Double Switch. Five Nights at Freddy’s does something that earlier FMV games couldn’t do, though many tried, and that is bring the fright.

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New Game: Rex Rocket From Kickstarter to Steam with 8-Bit Inspired Visuals

Rex Rocket is one of the many Kickstarter projects we missed (know of a worthy one, tip us so we can cover it). What gamers are able to get on Steam now is an 8-Bit/16-Bit inspired action/platformer/shooter that hearkens back to the Mario, Mega Man and Metroid days. If you are going to pick a set of games to inspire you, those three are about as good as it gets.

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New Game: X=Y=Z Brings Bloxorz Style Block Rolling to the ZX Spectrum

Over on the mobile markets of Android and iOS there was a slight ferver for games like Bloxorz. This has had the same effect it did with the success of Flappy Bird awhile back, these games are hitting more and more platforms. Unlike the other variations of the rolling cube theme, X=Y=Z has you controlling a block that is only one square cube rather than two cubes tall (which adds a ton of challenge to the proceedings). With powerups and abilities, X=Y=Z has its own challenges awaiting those willing to try.

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Revenge of the License: Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton’s ‘earn-all-the-money’ blockbuster novel and subsequent Spielberg film have left in their wake a Triceratops-sized pile of video game tie-ins, most of which could be appropriately categorized by Ian Malcolm as “one big pile of shit.” We, being the masochists we pride ourselves on being however, donned the Ellie Sattler gloves and began digging to find those undigested bits of retro awesome amongst the major turds like Trespasser and Jurassic Park III: The DNA Factor. After the foraging and washing of hands before eating anything, we were left with some obvious winners, many mediocre bits, and one that took us all happily by surprise (a welcome surprise indeed after the debacle that was last week’s entry).  Ladies and gentlemen, welcome…to Jurassic Park for the Sega CD.

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Bandit Gaming- Legend of Zelda – The Last Oracle In Development

The bastard child of the Zelda series, Zelda II, has become the inspiration for a fan game called The Last Oracle. The Legend of Zelda – The Last Oracle is a lot more action based than the Nintendo original but the resemblence is quite clear. Currently, The Last Oracle is in development with a demo available.


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